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Author Bios

  • April 7, 2014 02:53 PM

    The Missouri Department of Labor collects data on unemployment rates. As of February 2014, the unemployment rate for Missouri was 6.4%, and Greene County's was 5.7%. This is significantly better than the 8.4% statewide figure in February of 2011. KSMU’s Briana Simmons looks at the role job fairs play in the changing economy.


  • March 31, 2014 03:02 PM

    The Springfield Police Department launches its newest volunteer program today (4/1), to ensure the safety of stranded motorists. KSMU’s Briana Simmons has more.

  • March 24, 2014 03:44 PM

    Missouri Safe and Sober celebrates its 10-year anniversary by visiting two local high schools this week. KSMU’s Briana Simmons has more on the program and its sobriety pledge.

  • March 10, 2014 02:42 PM

    The open enrollment deadline for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is March 31. As this date approaches, KSMU’s Briana Simmons reaches out to community healthcare leaders to understand what the deadline means for those that remain uninsured. 

  • February 23, 2014 02:06 AM

    Engaged in song and equipped with candles and balloons, thousands of people gathered in Springfield Saturday evening to celebrate the life of Hailey Owens. KSMU’s Briana Simmons has more.

  • February 14, 2014 02:20 PM

    CoxHealth Foundation invites guests to enjoy food, music, and become inspired in maintaining a healthy heart.  KSMU’s Briana Simmons has more on next week’s healthy heart awareness event, which will feature a recently-turned celebrity and living example of heart healthy living.

  • February 3, 2014 06:24 PM

    Ten years ago on Tuesday, Facebook was only the beginning of a social media revolution that began connecting people from different walks of life all around the world. Now, resources like Twitter, Instagram and Vine are among some of the most popular. KSMU’s Briana Simmons reports on how citizens in the Ozarks are using these tools.

  • January 27, 2014 03:43 PM

    Patrons of the Springfield-Greene County Library District can donate non-perishable food items now through February 1 to pay a portion of their overdue library fees. The items will then be donated to the Ozark Food Harvest to serve the southwest Missouri community. KSMU’s Briana Simmons has the details.

  • January 13, 2014 03:47 PM

    The state of Missouri is changing its GED testing process. GED, or General Educational Development, is the equivalent of a high school diploma—and as KSMU’s Briana Simmons reports, Missouri is trying to make the process more efficient.

  • December 12, 2013 04:01 PM

    Springfield Public Schools has signed an agreement with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield for the construction of the new Sherwood Elementary School and a joint Boys and Girls Club center. KSMU’s Briana Simmons has more.